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Reply to "STORYTELLING, "SCIENCE," "MUSIC" and OTHER Workshop Lessons & Ideas for Shepherds, Angels, Stable"

Notes from's Writing Team Brainstorming Sessions
for their "Shepherds and Angels" lesson set (open to supporting members)

How did we get "SINGING" angels?

Check your translation! According to Luke 2, the angels were "praising" not singing:

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)

The Greek word used in Luke 2 for "praising" does not primarily mean "singing" and there's another word in the NT that does mean "singing" ("psallo" literally to "make melody").

None of the major translations use the term "singing" what was the multitude doing?  Funny how our imagination is affected by HYMN LYRICS and their "choir of angels."

So what OTHER ways our angels could "praise in" the birth of Jesus?

  • Chanting
  • Rhythm and Beat
  • Soft to loud
  • Making announcements in unison

Synonyms for praise:


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